James Egan accepts instructions in all areas of contentious and non-contentious Chancery and Commercial practice with an emphasis on insolvency, private client and property matters. He appears regularly in his own right in the County Court and High Court within these practice areas. James has also given seminars across the country on private client and property work and has been praised as “very impressive”.
Prior to developing his commercial, chancery and insolvency practice, James enjoyed pupillage at top tier family law chambers, 1 Kings Bench Walk. In pupillage, he was exposed to numerous high-net-worth divorces which enhanced his familiarity with complex domestic and international corporate trust structures. He is keen to utilise this cross-jurisdictional experience by appearing as specialist chancery counsel in matrimonial proceedings.
James has also been instructed in a number of sensitive cases involving vulnerable parties with mental capacity issues. He is therefore familiar with the procedures set out in Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules and/or the Insolvency Rules 12.23-12.25.
James achieved a Double First-Class Honours in Law at Downing College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded several scholarships for his performance in examinations.
Private Client: Non-Contentious
James is happy to receive instructions on non-contentious matters relating to trusts, estates and associated taxation. He is familiar with the application of the non-contentious probate rules, the use of standing searches and caveats, and consideration of section 142 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 and section 62 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992. James has recent experience of advising on distribution under the Administration of Estates Act 1925.
- MA, Downing College, University of Cambridge (2018)
- Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), BPP University (2015)
- BA Law (Double First Class), Downing College, University of Cambridge (2014)
Associations & Memberships
- Northern Circuit
- Contentious Trusts Association (‘ConTrA’)
James has been awarded several academic prizes for academic performance including:
- Hubert Greenland Pupillage Award, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
- Buchanan Prize, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn – for an ‘Outstanding’ grade on the BPTC
- Graduating Scholar, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Senior Harris Scholarship, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Platt Prize for Especial Distinction in University & College Examinations, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Clifford Chance CJ Hampson Prize 20 June 2014
- Lord Denning Scholarship, 2014 – Lincoln’s Inn – for academic achievement
- Excellence Award, 2014 – BPP Law School – for First Class results in Undergraduate Examinations
- James William Squire Scholarship, 2013 – Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
- Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2013 – Lincoln’s Inn
- Harris Scholarship, 2013 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Seton-Cavendish Award – Downing College, University of Cambridge
James Egan is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 66449] and governed by the Conduct Rules of the Bar of England and Wales. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/078] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 256487860.